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All set for Eid in Dubai

Staff Reporter / 8 October 2012

Dubai is gearing up for the launch of the fifth edition of ‘Eid in Dubai’ from October 18 to November 2.

Festivities to celebrate Eid Al Adha are being organised by the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE), as the city joins millions of Muslims around the world in celebrating this holy occasion.

For two weeks, Dubai will witness a wide spectrum of events and celebrations that embody the values of Eid Al Adha and authentic Emirati traditions. The initiative also reflects the spirit of togetherness, peace and mutual respect the emirate promotes among its residents. The city’s community of more than 200 different nationalities from diverse cultural backgrounds will be encouraged to join hands to celebrate Eid Al Adha in Dubai through the campaign “Eid in Dubai… United in Celebration”.

Laila Mohd Suhail, DEPE CEO, expressed gratitude to His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for his wise vision and continued support in light of his latest directives to extend the celebrations and mall working hours during the celebrations.  “His Highness is always a visionary, his far-sighted wisdom always inspires us and provoke us to reach new horizons,” Suhail said.

“This year’s celebrations cover a longer period in line with the directions of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed. The events will attract audiences from across the country and the malls will open for 24 hours on Thursdays and Fridays during the celebrations where the participating malls will open on Thursday 10am and close on Saturday evening. More than 60 hours of consecutive shopping,” Suhail added.

Ibrahim Saleh, Festivals Coordinator-General at the DEPE, said: “On this special occasion, the DEPE is working closely with its partners from the public and private sectors to ensure that Dubai continues its tradition of celebrating holidays and social and spiritual occasions. Eid Al Adha is a prominent event on the Islamic calendar, as it coincides with the conclusion of Haj season and the return of pilgrims to their homes. Eid in Dubai nurtures the joy of this occasion through a varied and rich programme which appeals to the tastes of families and individuals of all nationalities. The festivities will help to promote the diversity of the emirate’s social fabric, encourage community interaction and create a peaceful and welcoming environment.”

Many public and private organisations and businesses will participate in the celebrations in their own way, in addition to major attractions, tourist destinations, malls and shopping centres.

The Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment revealed its list of the most prominent events to be held as part of Eid in Dubai celebrations.

Shop and win

The DEPE and Dubai Shopping Malls Group will launch a promotion offering shoppers who spend Dh200 at participating malls the chance to enter in a raffle draw with a million dirhams in prizes.

Dubai 24 Hours Shopping

Participating malls will open their doors for 24 hours every Thursday and Friday during the celebrations from October 18 to November 2.

Main events

Dubai Water Bash: October 27 from 10am- 5.30pm at Zabeel Park

The event offers a family-friendly day of water fun, plus a variety of entertainment activities. The most anticipated activity of the day will be the Water Balloon Bash, expected to attract 10,000 participants.

Eid Fun Fair: October 18–November 2 daily from 10am-10pm at Zabeel Park

Fireworks: October 18– November 2 from 9pm daily at Al Khor- Seef Road

Khor Dubai Events: October 18– November 2

Al Khor area will witness a wide spectrum of traditional activities. Folklore bands will perform traditional songs and dances live at Al Seef Street, floating restaurants will have special promotions, kiosks of various products will be spread across the street, in addition to a dedicated fun fair area.

Global Village: Global Village has announced that it will open its doors on October 21 to coincide with Eid Al Adha celebrations. Global Village will then welcome guests for 161 days until March 30, 2013.

Gulf Bike Week: October 18-20 at Dubai Festival City

The event includes international band performances, a bike tour, and an amazing selection of activities.

City decorations: Dubai will put on its best apparel to celebrate Eid Al Adha, with flags, banners and sparkling lights across the emirate.

Harlem Globetrotters: Harlem Globetrotters continue their jaw-dropping balls-skill packed shows on October 25 at 7pm and on October 26 at 2pm and 7pm at Dubai Tennis Stadium.

International Fine Food Festival: October 30–November 2 at Meydan Grandstand

The festival will focus primarily on gourmet fine food and beverages and engage with producers, manufacturers, distributors and their customers by creating a series of interactive features, including the Golden Toque Middle East.

Rest Upon The Wind – Khalil Jibran: October 17–20 at First Group Theatre - Madinat Jumeirah

The London West End play by acclaimed writer and actor Nadim Sawalha is inspired by the life and times of Khalil Gibran.


Enrique Iglesias: October 26 at Dubai World Trade Centre, Shaikh Saeed Halls 1, 2 and 3.

Rotana Eid concerts: Rotana hosts some of the brightest Arabic singing stars including Rabih Saqer, Majed Al Mohandas, Molhem Zain, Fares Karam and Nahwa in Grand Habtoor Hotel on October 26, 27 and 28.

Indian Concert:  Indian artist Shreya Ghoshal will perform on October 26 in Madinat Arena Dubai, Jumeirah.

Iranian concert: Iranian artist Ehsan Amiri will perform on October 25 in Zabeel Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre.

Atelier/ Festival Dance Republic: The line-up for Atelier/Festival is bigger than ever, headlining 50 Cent followed by Nelly, LMFAO, Ciara, Craig David, Duffy, Eva Simons and Pendulum. Taking place on October 19, the festival also offer other breathtaking entertainment such as spectacular dance show sequences and fashion shows.

Gregorian live in Dubai: On November 1 at the Madinat Arena, the melodic and powerful choir will present selections from their new album along with famous hits.

Noddy in Toyland: Daily performances of Noddy will be held for children on the First Group stage at Madinat Jumeirah on October 27, 28 and 29. On the opening day, shows will take place at 3.30pm and 6pm while the remaining two days will offer three shows at 11am, 3.30pm and 5.30pm. Tickets are priced from Dh80-Dh120.

Eid Initiatives

Eid Dhiyafat: Visitors to Dubai during Eid Al Adha Celebrations will be greeted with special tents set up across the city, welcoming all with Arabic coffee, dates, incense and perfumes. Tents will be located in Dubai International Airport, Metro stations, malls and main streets.

On the first day of Eid Al Adha, DEPE will offer Eid Treats to people in the mosques across Dubai.

Eid Newborns: On October 26, the DEPE will despatch a specially commissioned team to take Eid into hospitals across Dubai, offering gifts to mothers with babies born on this special day.

Onsite Eid Al Adha greetings: On October 26, a DEPE team will visit a number of government departments and institutes to present their on-duty employees with gifts and Eid Tokens.

Welcoming visitors: Wonderful surprises will be awaiting ten families arriving to Dubai to spend their Eid Al Adha holiday on October 25, as they will be chosen from Emirates Airline arrivals and presented with Eid Tokens including a cash prize of Dh10,000 and shopping vouchers.

Eid in Dubai Bumper Stickers: Drivers across Dubai might find their cars decorated with Eid in Dubai bumper stickers anytime from October 18-28. Winners will be randomly selected to receive Dh1,000 cash reward during Eid.

Emirati folklore groups: The DEPE has commissioned special performances to highlight Emirati traditions throughout Eid in Dubai and folklore groups will be performing in many malls.

Journey of a Lifetime: Kuwaiti Artist Bashar Al Shatti and talented Bahraini girl Hala Turk are joined by an exceptional theatrical team in Dubai to offer two daily performances of the children’s play “Journey of a Lifetime”, from October 26-29, on the stage of Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) at Mall of the Emirates.

Bubbles and Balloons Fiesta: Dubai Marina Mall celebrates Eid Al Adha with the second edition of the Bubbles and Balloons Fiesta daily from October 25-29, from 12pm to 8pm.





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